Much of what the elite media think is attainable by Democrats on the Hill isn’t. Much of what they want to focus on is irrelevant to the American people. Democrats who don’t want to be crosswise with the American people and reality should take note.
After elections liberal media have for a number of years been infatuated with filibuster reform, meaning elimination or serious limits on the minority’s right to filibuster. I don’t bother to take it seriously; it never comes to fruition. It did not this time around. Instead, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reached a deal on the most minor rule tweaks.
The Hill reports, “Liberals led by Sens. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) wanted Reid to implement the talking filibuster reform, which would force senators seeking to block legislation to actively hold the floor and debate. Once they stopped talking, the matter would proceed to a majority vote. . . . . That reform will not be included. Instead, Reid and McConnell have agreed to a series of modest changes designed to speed up the pace of business on the Senate floor but still allow disgruntled lawmakers to wage filibusters with ease. Their package would eliminate the ability to filibuster motions to proceed to new business. Under current rules, a senator can hold up a motion to even begin debating legislation.”
What is more, McConnell actually gained something — the right to make two amendments before Reid can bar a filibuster on a motion to proceed. Apparently the left really doesn’t understand the Senate or the fear of the majority that it will some day be in the minority. This is American Government 101 — the Senate is the saucer that cools the tea, and all that. But in their rush to aggrandize power and steamroll over opponents, the left gets itself whipped up into a frenzy every time this is discussed.
Likewise, the president’s media elite fan section loved his inaugural address that avoided topics like the economy, jobs and growth. Boorrring! Instead they want to talk gun bans, climate change and gay rights. Alas, the public doesn’t care about all that; go figure — Americans care about the economy and jobs.
A Pew poll finds that “only the economy and jobs are viewed as more important priorities for the coming year. Currently, 72% say that reducing the budget deficit should be a top priority, up 19 points from four years ago.” As for the president’s new, favorite initiative, “Gun control also ranks relatively low on the public’s priority list; just 37% rate it as a top priority, 18th out of 21 policy goals tested.” And what about entitlement reform, about which he apparently uninterested? “The public also continues to view the financial security of Social Security and Medicare as major goals. While 70% say taking steps to make Social Security financially sound should be a top priority, a comparable percentage (65%) says the same about making Medicare financially sound.”
In short, liberal media are not reflective of voters’ priorities nor those of Democratic leadership. That is probably good for the country, but must be a bit confusing for their readers and viewers.